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Mooney on Theatre is looking for Editorial Volunteers!

February 25th, 2015

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Are you passionate about theatre and the performing arts? Are you an online media junkie who spends hours pouring over blogs and news sites? Are you looking for experience working in digital media? Do you want to be part of a dynamic editorial team at the helm of a growing online publication? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, Mooney on Theatre is looking for you!

We’re looking for two people to join us as Volunteer Assistant Editors (Internship) for an 8-month period that runs from March to November 2015 (with possibility for extension).

About Mooney on Theatre

Mooney on Theatre (mooneyontheatre.com) is a recognized go-to source for information about theatre in Toronto. The fast-growing online publication focusing on theatre, was started in April 2008 with a single writer; Founding Editor, Megan Mooney. Since its establishment the publication has grown to include over 20 regular contributors and has an established and loyal readership.

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Review: Ce n’est pas la fin du monde (Sylvain Émard/Harbourfront Centre/NextSteps)

March 1st, 2015

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Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre presents Sylvain Émard’s Ce n’est pas la fin du monde as part of its dance program

The world feels strange. The air seems thick with unknowns: frequencies we can’t see, invisible clouds of data, other people’s secrets. Everything is changing so quickly, and there are so many questions that we hardly know how to ask. Is there something we’re supposed to be doing? Some insight we’re missing, or some revelation waiting to happen?

Montreal choreographer Sylvain Émard‘s Ce n’est pas la fin du monde (It’s not the end of the world), performed one night only at the Fleck Dance Theatre on February 28 as part of the Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps program, brings audiences face-to-face with the uncertainty of our anxious zeitgeist. It may not be the end of the world, but it’s not the most comfortable place either.

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Review: Midsummer (a play with songs) (Théâtre français de Toronto)

February 28th, 2015

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Midsummer (a play with songs) is “a night of Toronto theatre that becomes a trip around the world”

It’s not often the drama gods raise the curtain on two similar yet completely different productions in one week.

On Tuesday I took in the all-Canadian version of the Tony-award-winning Once. On Wednesday I was immersed in Midsummer (a play with songs) where Scotland stands in for Ireland, and English surtitles interpret French. Both plays revolve around a man, woman and songs. Plus guitar. Plus love.

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Review: Once (Mirvish)

February 25th, 2015

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Mirvish presents the Tony Award-winning musical Once with an all-Canadian cast in Toronto

Once, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2012, adapted from the 2006 film of the same title, has returned to Toronto following a sold out six-week engagement of the US Touring production in late 2013. This time, Mirvish has produced a new production of the show featuring an all-Canadian cast. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Elvis’s Toenail (Toronto Irish Players)

February 24th, 2015

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Elvis’s Toenail, playing at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto, is a “triumphant, emotional period piece” not to be missed

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In their purest form, rules are meant to protect us, to keep us from harm. But throughout our collective history, there’s always been a fierce debate: what’s more important, the letter of the law or its spirit?

Ireland during the 1960’s, like many countries, it was still dominated by the rule of the Catholic Church. Many things considered to be freedoms in modern society – like a woman’s right to choose or even to keep her baby out of wedlock – were staunchly prohibited and fiercely punished.

It’s within this context that Elvis’s Toenail, playing until March 7th at The Alumnae Theatre, takes place.

When a runaway pregnant teenager shows up at a Dublin seamstress shop desperate for a job, her coworkers must decide whether to surrender her to the Church or break the rules in order for her protection. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: This Side of Heaven (Humber College Theatre)

February 24th, 2015

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Toronto’s Humber College Theatre presents a showcase of multi-talents in This Side of Heaven

2015-01-25_1422151039This Side of Heaven cannot be contained by a stage. The show uses promenade staging, so that players and the audience mingle on the floor. The players travel across the large expanse, taking a moment to stare at the audience members who stay in their seats. They stop to make eye contact, to sing, or to wag their tongues mockingly. This Side of Heaven isn’t a play – it’s a spectacle.

This Side of Heaven is an experimental smorgasbord. There was dancing, singing, dialogue, monologue, puppetry, and circus acting. It was a taste of what Humber Theatre has to offer. A variety of talents compacted into a show. I was in awe of the multitude of what was unfurling in front of me.
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Review: The Wild Party (Acting Up Stage Company & Obsidian Theatre)

February 23rd, 2015

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Toronto’s Acting Up Stage Company & Obsidian Theatre present the ’20s jazz musical The Wild Party

It was the roaring ‘20s; the era of prohibition and bathtub gin, Vaudeville and minstrel shows, jazz and flappers. World War I was over and the economic boom it spurred ushered in an entire decade that felt like one big party. This is the world of The Wild Party, a musical by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe inspired by a scandalous 1928 narrative poem of the same title by Joseph Moncure March. This new production of the musical, a co-production of Acting Up Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre Company, is indeed a wild, if at times uneven, party. Read the rest of this entry »

Toronto Playlistings for the Week of February 23rd, 2015

February 23rd, 2015

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Shows That Caught Our Eye This Week

February may be the shortest month, but that doesn’t mean it’s short on theatre! Look at the variety of awesome shows opening and continuing their runs in Toronto this week. Our Founding Editor, Megan, has indicated the shows she most highly recommends with two asterisks and red text. See if you agree with her choices, or go check out anything else that speaks to you!

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Review: Two Plays by Marguerite Duras (Spiel Players)

February 21st, 2015

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Two Plays by Marguerite Duras, on stage at Toronto’s Fraser Studios, is a gem not to be missed

If you like theatre that is written with originality, performed by passionate, talented actors and challenges its audience as much as it entertains, check out the Spiel Players production of Two Plays by Marguerite Duras. Onstage at Toronto’s Fraser Studios, these plays are a one-two theatrical punch not to be missed.

Two Plays by Marguerite Duras is comprised of the plays Savannah Bay and Le Shaga. Both are very different and very engaging, surreal and dreamlike. One is sweet and tender, the other is way ‘out there’. It’s a little like seeing two Fringe plays back to back at the same venue.

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Review: Becky Shaw (Sterling Theatre Company)

February 21st, 2015

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Becky Shaw, playing at the Sterling Theatre Company in Toronto, misses the comedic mark

Becky Shaw is billed as a comedy, but the Sterling Theatre Company‘s current production garnered only a few laughs on opening night. The emotional entanglements of the characters played out like melodrama most of the time. I can see the potential in the script to be satire, but this production’s teeth were too dull to bite. Read the rest of this entry »